20th Anniversary – February

/20th Anniversary – February
20th Anniversary – February 2018-02-09T15:02:18+00:00

Honoring the Vision. Crafting the Future.

In September of 2004, at the age of 38, Jimi Brooks unexpectedly passed away as Harvest was about to begin. A group of Jimi’s friends selflessly donated their skill, time, and passion to make Jimi’s 2004 wines in his signature style. For our 20th anniversary, we are celebrating those winemakers with a number of special events and monthly programming. Welcome to The Legacy Series.

Featured Winemaker

Harry Peterson-Nedry, RR Wines

A special thanks to Linfield College and their Oregon Wine History Archive project for coordinating the interviews and video footage with each of the featured winemakers.


We are honored to feature two RR wines for February.

The 2015 RR Riesling is rich and very tropical.

The 2014 RR Pinot Noir – 92 Vinous: Deep red. Highly perfumed scents of dark berry preserves, cola and rose pastille gain vivacity from a bright mineral overtone. Fleshy, expansive raspberry, bitter cherry and spicecake flavors display a suave blend of richness and energy, repeating the mineral quality on the back half.  Finishes juicy, sweet and very long, offering lingering dark fruit characteristics and dusty, slow-building tannins. 2020-2025. – Josh Raynolds, Vinous, 

Both wines are featured on our Tasting Flights this month, are available for purchase in our Tasting Room, or can be purchased directly from RR Wines.


Each month, Chef Abby creates a perfect pairing with one of our guest winemaker’s wines.

For February, she has matched the 2015 RR Riesling with a Thai Spiced Shrimp Cake with Toasted Rice Crust and Coconut-Charred Green Mango Green Chile Sauce.

Click here for the recipe.


Harry will be joining us on February 24th 1-4pm, to pour his featured wines and reminisce about Jimi. It’s a great opportunity to get to know this legend in the industry and share some wine and memories.


Please enjoy these image of Jimi, Harry, and a variety of others. If you have any pictures to share, please send them to janie@brookswine.com.

About Harry Peterson-Nedry

RR wines will be the best wines we can source from our 164 acre Ridgecrest Vineyards estate, which contains the oldest plantings on Ribbon Ridge. They are not designed for a mass market, but for serious aging and for understanding the potential of this special land mass called Ribbon Ridge. Their concentration, their blackness, their elegance, their textural excitement all stem from the vineyard—its maturity; deep penetration of dry-farmed vines to find rock, nutrients and water; organic farming; limited yield and sensitive fermentation to protect vintage characteristics.

Stylistically, the single Pinot noir will be the masculine counterpart to the choices I make to compose the archetypal feminine Chehalem Reserve.

As a now well respected grapegrowing appellation, having received Federal TTB American Viticultural Area (AVA) recognition in 2006 through neighbors’ and our efforts, our winery has voluntarily suspended using “Ribbon Ridge” in its brand, preferring it to be used to the greater good of our community of grapegrowers.

I began my wine career on Ribbon Ridge and hope to retain it as a base until the end, leaving it as a heritage for family to preserve and improve.

Harry Peterson-Nedry